The rights to a potential Fallout MMO have landed back home at Bethesda Softworks, concluding a battle between Interplay and Bethesday since April 2009 when Interplay missed a two-year deadline to acquire funding and begin development.
Interplay pointed fingers at Masthead Studios, claiming that they already sublicensed the title for development, and that said development was underway. Bethesda, not entertained by any of this, sued both companies.
Interplay gave up the license for a paltry settlement of 2 million dollars; how is that for business savvy? Masthead refuted the claim that they had anything to do with this mess, and agreed never to develop anything related to Fallout.
On a partly related note: the legal team that brought this victory is the same one suing Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, over their new title Scrolls. Apparently, Bethesda/ZeniMax believe they own the rights to use the word “scrolls” in a fantasy setting. Mojang has won out against a temporary injunction; we will follow up as that story progresses.